What you will see:
Take a self-guided tour of the park!
This is Milwaukee’s oldest public park, dedicated in 1835. It was originally named after Pere Marquette but in the 1960s it was renamed in honor of Carl F. Zeidler, Milwaukee’s 33rd mayor. Zeidler left his role as mayor to serve in the U. S. Navy during World War II. In 1942, the ship he served on was torpedoed by a German U-boat and all were lost. A cenotaph marks his plot in Forest Home Cemetery. In 1995, the County Board updated the name to recognize the contributions of the labor movement in Milwaukee’s history. The Wisconsin Workers Memorial gazebo was constructed in 1995 and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council’s Workers Memorial was restored in 2017. The park is regularly used by residents, area employees and farmer’s market regulars.
Historic photo from the WI Historical Society.